Nearly 50% of all U.S. adults have taken a “selfie” which are often posted on social media websites, where people try to look their best. After taking a selfie, many begin examining themselves closer to
determine how to improve their looks. Plastic surgeons say they are seeing more patients who want facial surgery, and it’s because of the growing selfie trend. Selfies can lead to
plastic surgery when one finds dissatisfaction with his or her appearance.
In response to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, one in three plastic surgeons reported seeing an increase in requests for facial procedures by patients who wanted to look better online. The doctors reported that between 2012 and 2013 they saw a 10 percent rise in nose jobs, a 7 percent rise in hair transplants and a 6 percent rise in eyelid surgery. Social media sites, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are often where people, particularly young people, post selfies. Individuals then examine the pictures of themselves they put on the social media sites, and if they are disappointed they may decide plastic surgery is an option they wish to explore. Fifty-eight percent of the doctors surveyed said in the last year they saw an increase in patients under 30 coming in for plastic surgery and injections.
Women made up 81 percent of all treatments, both surgical and non-surgical in 2013. The nose job is still the most requested procedure for men and women under the age of 35.
If selfies are a way to create one’s identity, than plastic surgery may also be contributing to the creating of an identity. As more young people want to have better selfies to post on social media, plastic surgery may continue to rise.
If you’re considering plastic surgery, choosing the right plastic surgeon could not be more important. Dr. Jeremy White is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the 2021 Doctor’s Choice Award Miami, the 2016 RealSelf Top 500, and the prestigious Castle Connolly Top Doctors Award Winner in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. We invite you to have a consultation about the procedure you need. Schedule your consultation today.